MARTIN, Mich. - Donnie Hagar from Clear Lake, Mich., was clearly at the top of his game this weekend at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular event at US 131 Motorsports Park.
With the largest turnout of racers this season, Hagar swept Mod division races at the event and posted a pair of runner-up finishes in the Street division, unique to this event. As part of the fun, he even won Friday night's Scrubblade Golf Cart Race.
Not counting contingency bonuses, both the Mod and Top winners pocketed $5,000 for winning their respective races and runner-up finishers in each division won $1,000. Scrubblade Sunday winners earned $2,500 and runner-up finishers earned $1,000.
In Saturday's Mod final, Hagar from Clark Lake, Mich., posted a winning run of 6.415 seconds at 107.14 mph against a 6.42 dial-in with a .067 reaction time. Runner-up Justin Rose from Taylor, Mich., red-lighted by just .003 before going down the track in 6.210 seconds at 111.19 mph.
Hemerline from Unionville, Mich., was quicker on the tree to win the Top Final over Rick Schneider from Westland, Mich. Hemerline's package included a .023 reaction time paired with a 5.861-second run at 115.86 mph against a 5.84 dial-in. Schneider was .052 at the start before running a 4.922 at 135.38 mph against a 4.91 dial-in. Hemerline also received a specially designed helmet from Jerron Settles of Imagine That Customs.
The Junior Dragsters were split into three classes with Alex Kish from Kalamazoo, Mich., Even Muchler from Grass Lake, Mich., and Jordin Heiman from Niles, Mich., race winners.
Kish was closer to his dial-in than runner-up Samuel Peterson from Richland, Mich., in the Masters 12-17 final. Kish went 8.104 at 77.60 mph against an 8.08 dial-in with a .042 reaction time. Peterson had the better start at .023, but finished with a run of 8.051 seconds at 75.78 mph against a 7.92 dial-in.
Muchler was the Advanced 9-12 winner with a .018 reaction time. He matched that with a 9.115 elapsed time at 67.47 mph against a 9.04 dial-in. Kassie Wanamaker from Martin, Mich. finished in 9.022 seconds at 71.80 mph against an 8.98 dial-in, along with a .080 reaction time.
Tobyn Will from Belding, Mich., ended Kish's hopes for a weekend sweep in the Master Jr. Dragster final, which both drivers red-lighted. Will had a 8.243-second pass at 73.21 mph, while Kish broke out with a 7.985 against a 8.00 dial-in.
Nick Peters from Howell, Mich., completed the list of weekend winners in Beginner Jr. Dragster. He went down the track in 11.944 seconds at 53.43 mph after both final-round drivers had a .086 reaction time. Runner-up Karlie Denbleyker from Zeeland, Mich., had a 12-second run at 53.71 mph.
The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular moves to Maryland International Raceway on Aug. 24-26. Click here to pre-enter future events to get two races for the price of one.
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